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Well, it's been a very long time since I updated you all on what I've been doing, so here's the lowdown:

  • I finished college
  • I worked at a small animation studio for a year
  • I worked at BioWare Austin for a year, as a writer
  • I've written a fantasy novel for YAs and am looking for an agent
  • I've started dabbling in game development using the Unity Engine.
So, here I am. Is anyone even reading this?
Sorry for the lack of updates. I've started studying Animation at college this year.
  • Listening to: December: George Winston
  • Reading: 'Shield of Thunder'
  • Watching: The Avengers
I live.

Crimson Dark www.davidcsimon.com/crimsondar… has been going extremely well. It's well into chapter 2 now, approaching 80 pages and counting. I've been interviewed for The Gigcast gigcast.nightgig.com/?p=198 , I've been invited to join Nightgig and I've set up a mirror on Drunk Duck www.drunkduck.com/Crimson_Dark… where Crimson Dark became a featured comic in less than a week. I've also published a 2007 calendar featuring spacecraft from the comic www.cafepress.com/crimsondark.…

Meanwhile, I'm looking for an artist who would like to collaborate on my next project. Please click here if you're interested: www.nightgig.com/forum/viewtop…

Devious Journal Entry

Fri Jul 21, 2006, 9:14 PM
I have a blog at: www.livejournal.com/users/the_…
Please buy my prints: the-least.deviantart.com/store…

Well, I've got to say, the Daily Deviation which Human Error received has really started something going. It's a long story, but to put it simply: my webcomic is up and running, and going very well so far - all I need is people who want to read it ;)

So swing by www.crimsondark.com/ and take a look, and let me know what you think. There's already a prologue online, as well as the first five pages of chapter 1 - that's over twenty pages in total. I'm really keen to get some feedback, since this is a very new endeavour for me.

  • Listening to: Sweeney Todd
  • Reading: 'The Seven Basic Plots'
  • Watching: The West Wing - season 4

BOO!

Mon May 1, 2006, 7:18 AM
I have a blog at: www.livejournal.com/users/the_…
Please buy my prints: the-least.deviantart.com/store…

I thought I'd go crazy and update my journal. Whacky, no?

I had a job for a few months, then I lost it. I'm currently looking for writing work, particularly games journalism but that's not exactly an easy industry to break into. In the meantime I'm *still* working on my novel - one day I'll finish it and the apocalypse will follow in a matter of hours, just you wait. Most of my art is digital at the moment, because it's cheap.

I've recently become addicted to The West Wing. No one is more surprised by this news than I, as I am profoundly UnAmerican. But it's extremely well written, with great acting and direction - I'm enjoying it immensley.

  • Listening to: Sweeney Todd
  • Reading: 'Impossible Odds' - Dave Duncan
  • Watching: Buffy season 2

Looking forward

Sat Aug 13, 2005, 6:40 PM
I'm writing game reviews for SydneyAnglicans.net!
Read them here: www.sydneyanglicans.net/cultur…
I have a blog at: www.livejournal.com/users/the_…

Dang, every day it gets harder to wait for Serenity. I haven't been this excited about a new film since The Two Towers! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go and borrow the Firefly DVDs from someone and watch them. You can thank me later ;)

You may have noticed that I'm getting back into 3D work in a big way. I'm really enjoying it, all of a sudden I'm understanding things which had always been a mystery to me and I'm starting to get results which please me. Shocking, no?

One of my SA.net articles may be published in the Southern Cross - in PRINT! Yay! That's cool :)

  • Listening to: Gayane Bel - Aram Khachaturian
  • Reading: 'The Swords of Night and Day' - David Gemmell

For what it's worth...

Tue Aug 2, 2005, 9:59 PM
I'm writing game reviews for SydneyAnglicans.net!
Read them here: www.sydneyanglicans.net/cultur…

...here's my opinion.

I don't know jark and I confess that my involvement in the DA community has been rather limited. If indeed he has been treated harshly and unfairly, then I condemn the action.

But I'm not convinced that the rampant hysteria which has swept across this site is achieving anything good. I beg people to express their anger calmly and gently. This boycot of August 7 seems terribly childish, like sitting in a corner and pouting.

But I I'm a subscriber and I have a print account and I fancy the idea of making money from my art (one day...), so obviously I must be a sell-out and my opinions are not worth squat.

  • Reading: 'The Swords of Night and Day' - David Gemmell

A long overdue explanation

Fri Jun 10, 2005, 12:28 AM
I'm writing game reviews for SydneyAnglicans.net!
Read them here: www.sydneyanglicans.net/cultur…

I should explain why I haven't updated my journal in months, and why I haven't been commenting on others. At the moment I'm focusing on trying to get my novel finished, as I've started my fourth draft which is essentially a total rewrite. Thus I'm doing very little visual art at the moment, and Im trying not to get too heavily into it as I have only recently made it to a point where I'm writing every single day - I don't want that to change.

Many apologies for my ongoing absence. I'm not going to be looking at  Deviations for a while, but if there's something you want me to look at send me a note and I'll promise to take a look when I get a chance.

You can't take the sky from me...

Wed Feb 2, 2005, 7:06 AM
I'm writing game reviews for SydneyAnglicans.net!
Read them here: www.sydneyanglicans.net/cultur…

I have *finally* discovered Terragen, and am having a lot of fun with it. These are early days of course, and I realise I have much to learn. I'd like to publically thank: ZippoFlame3D, dadrian & Destructionist whose tips have been extremely helpful in helping out little old noobie me.

I have also discovered Firefly, Joss Whedon's prematurely cancelled Sci-Fi series. Why are studio executives such harbingers of evil? Why did such a a brilliant show have to be nipped in the bud? They could at least have let it run for a full season before axing it.

After much trepidation, I have agreed to play the piano at church once a month to accompany the singing. I have done it before, twice, and both times I felt like I was a dismal failure. I'm competant wehn playing alone, at home - but in a context where other people are relying on me to get it right I fall to pieces. At least they have promised that, to begin with, I'll be able to choose which songs I play.

  • Reading: 'Impossible Odds' - Dave Duncan
  • Watching: Firefly DVDs
I'm writing game reviews for SydneyAnglicans.net!
Read them here: www.sydneyanglicans.net/cultur…

It still seems incredible to me - fantastic even - that I have an Xbox now. How bizarre it is! I've always been a happy PC gamer, but circumstances have changed. Let me explain... no there is to much, let me sum-up:

A few months ago I started writing game reviews for SydneyAnglicans.net www.sydneyanglicans.net/ . The site already had reviews of film/tv/books so I suggested that reviewing games would be a logical next step. My first review was of Half Life 2, which pleased me greatly.

We were also speaking to Microsoft about reviewing some of their games, and they ended up sending us Halo 2. The problem of course is that I didn't have an Xbox, even though I was a Bungie fan back in the Marathon/Myth days (the golden age of Bungie). So I spoke to my editor and he convinced his boss to *buy* me an Xbox.

So there it is... sitting there... and I only have two games for it. Halo 2 was a lot of fun, and my review is online. I also bought an uber-cheap copy of Mechassault... and while it has some very satisfying destruction I was horrified to see just how far we have fallen from the Mechwarrior series. We need a new Mech sim for PC, not some dumbed-down action game for a console! Grr!

  • Reading: 'Star Wars: Heir to the Empire' - Timothy Zahn
  • Watching: Dr Who
Depression is an annoying thing. When it gets bad it can seize me for months at a time and convince me that I'm hopeless as an artist and a writer, and I might as well give up. Thus my lack up updates until recently. I'm better now, and getting productive again. I've already uploaded one new deviation, and hopefully there are more to come.
  • Reading: 'Star Wars: Heir to the Empire' - Timothy Zahn
  • Watching: Master & Commander

Print account, and apologies

Mon Oct 25, 2004, 5:09 AM
Watching Star Wars has led me to ponder the following question: What cruel, hearltess bastard decided to design and construct robots which were capable of feeling pain?!?

I'm so so sorrry that I have been so uncommunicative of late. I've been working for the past week, and have had less time. I'm also lazy. I promise I'll go through the 118 deviations in my message centre soon and leave comments on all that appeal to me, and I'll try to be faster at replying to comments and queries.

Meanwhile, I now have a Print Account! Generously funded by my wonderful mother, whose only condition was that I pay her back with my sales. Now I have to decide which items in my gallery I am going to submit as prints.

I'm not going to hold anyone to actually *buying* the prints they suggest, I just want opinions on what images people think might be worth buying. I'll also be askign for advice re: pricing when they start getting approved for sale.

  • Listening to: 'The Pilgrim's Chorus' - Wagner
  • Reading: 'HP & The Order of the Phoenix' - JK Rowling
I angst, therefore I am.

Prime Minister Howard has taken this country to war over a lie. He has assured that only the wealthy will be receive tertiary education. He has crippled public health-care, telling the Australian people to just get private health-care. He has demonised refugees and asylum seekers, censoring the press from showing them as being desparate human beings. He has undone various environmental endeavours. He has bowed to every whim of an American President - forgetting that an alliance does not mean doing everything that your partner tells you to do.

So how did the Australian people reward him at yesterday's Federal election? By re-electing him for an unprecedented fourth term of government with an increased majority! Bah. I get the feeling that we are a nation of morons

It is at times like this that I am ashamed to call myself Australian.


I've been playing a really fun game called 'Rome: Total War' - it is, without a doubt, the greatest wargame ever made. There is something so satisfying about seeing *thousands* of soldiers charge across a battlefield, hearing their warcries, feeling the thunder of the horses (through my subwoofer).


Various recent circumstances have conspired to remind me of that fact that I am single, and that I'm not really happy about it. Waah!
  • Listening to: The Rites of Spring - Stravinsky
  • Reading: 'HP & The Order of the Phoenix' - JK Rowling
  • Watching: Star Wars Trilogy (on DVD)
There are many things about Spring/Summer which I loathe, but one thing I *do* like is that our native birds come out in force. There's a tall bottlebrush tree outside my studio window, and many rainbow lorikeets playing in it - quite lovely to watch. (If you don't know what a Rainbow Lorikeet is, go here: www.deviantart.com/deviation/1… )

I'm working on another digital painting. It's a rather ambitious piece and will take a few more days at least, but I'm really enjoying it so far.

I'll be buying a new monitor on Saturday, and another 512 MB or RAM... yipee!

I'm also going to see the doctor tomorrow to talk about the possibility of going onto some kind of anti-depressant medication. Since that is something I should have done a long long time ago, I will then go to Big W and buy the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD as reward.
  • Listening to: Tocatta & Fugue in D Minor - Bach
  • Reading: 'HP & The Goblet of Fire' - JK Rowling
As Summer gradually approaches (my most hated time of the year) I am busy trying to create the perfect Iced Coffe/milkshake thingy as warm weather is hardly condusive to drinking a nice, hot mug of coffee. Here are a few mixtures I am experimenting with (each serve 2-3, depending on glass size):

A small amount of *hot* water
add 3-4 teaspoons of Nescafe Gold Blend
add a dollop of honey
Now put in some vanilla ice cream, and some milk
Blend and serve

A small amount of *hot* water
3-4 teaspoons of Jarra 'Latte' instant coffee
A splash of 'Irish Creme syrup'
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream (to taste) and milk
Blend and serve

A small amount of *hot* water
add 3-4 teaspoons of Nescafe Gold Blend
add a splash of 'Irish Creme syrup'
some vanilla essence
Vanilla ice cream, and some milk
Blend and serve

The hot water is so the coffee can be properly mixed - adding it to milk can make it go chunky. I enjoy all of these combinations, but I continue to seek out that recipe which cannot be surpassed! If you have any suggestions/advice then I would love to hear them.
  • Listening to: Sympony of Sorrowful Songs - Gorecki
  • Reading: 'HP & The Goblet of Fire' - JK Rowling

Werdleklumpet

Tue Sep 7, 2004, 7:33 PM
I enjoy inventing words.... please feel welcome to join me.

Did you ever have one of those weeks where you just didn't want to speak to anyone? Didn't want to go anywhere? I'm having one of those at the moment. I have no desire for human interaction at all, and no desire to step outside the confines of my comfy little flat. I was really annoyed last night when I had to go to the local store to buy some rice to cook with dinner.

It will pass.

I've been entertaining myself with the World of Warcraft stress test. I never really expected to enjoy this game as I'm not a fan of Blizzard's work, and I'm still playing City of Herosfor my MMORPG fix. Boy, have I been surprised!

WoW is the best fun I've had in a MMO to date. While not really revolutionary, it takes all of the best elements from other MMOs and squeezes them together into one, delicious package. Everything seems to be geared towards making things more fun. I might just have to cancel my CoH account when this game goes retail... it's that good. I'm even starting to grow fond of WoW's cartoonish art direction, which I always thought was a bit silly.

Yeah, I know, I take my games too seriously.

We've been having thunderstorms over the weekend. It has been so long since we had a decent storm here that at first I didn't know what I was hearing! I had to look outside to see the lightning flashes to understand that the rumbles I heard were thunder. That demonstrates just how severe the drought is out here, and how desperately we all miss rain.

The repeats of Bounty Hamster on tv have finished :cry:

Cassie: They can't destroy the city!
Bounty Hamster: Not on *this* show's budget

Also, from the Simpsons last week (paraphrased from memory):

Krusty: Tell me, is the republic party any good at covering up certain.... teenage indiscretions?
Burns: That depends, were these indiscretions romantic, treasonous or financial?
Krusty: Russian hooker. You tell me.

I thought that was funny anyway.

  • Reading: 'HP & The Prisoner of Azkaban' - JK Rowling
  • Watching: Band of Brothers

Ask me anything!

Wed Sep 1, 2004, 7:12 AM
I'm working on a new digital painting at the moment, but it has a lot of finicky detail so I suspect it will be a few days (at least) before it is ready to upload. I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

Today was the first day of Spring, and it was cold and wet - yipee! This almost makes up for the most unwelcome warm weather of last week. Here's hoping that this coming Summer is going to be the coldest one on record..... wouldn't that be nice?

And.... I can't think of anything else to say. Therefore I am inviting everyone who reads this journal entry to ask me *any* three questions about myself, I guarantee I will give you an honest answer.



  • Reading: 'HP & The Prisoner of Azkaban' - JK Rowling
  • Watching: Band of Brothers
Well, I had a lovely studio setup for a grand total of 4 days. Then my second monitor died, so I'm back to a single-display setup for now. It was a very old display, a 17" AppleVision 750 bought in 1998. It has served me very well over the years, but has finally kicked the bucket - may it rest in pieces.

Happily, this means I finally have an excuse to go and buy that 19" flatscreen display that I have been dreaming of for so long now! Hooray! Not for a few weeks yet, they're much cheaper if I go to the local computer fair.

I'm thinking of doing a course next year - Fine Arts specialising in Digital Arts. It's 3 days a week for one year and looks like it could be very good - but I'm not sure whether 2 days a week is enough work to pay the rent etc. That's assuming that I can *get* ongoing partime work instead of my current casual arrangement.

Waah! Winter hasn't even finished yet and already things are warming up. I hate the warm months, I hate heat. THis has been a somewhat disappointing winter too - I was hoping for a least one solid week of rain. The most we got was for only 2-3 days, and that was very rare. It helps that this year I have an air-conditioner to help fight the 45-degree (celcius) days, but I still dread the weather. Then there's Christmas, which I detest :shudder:

I'm rereading the HP series at the moment, that's cheering me up a bit :)

I have decided that it's about time I got back to work on my novel. After some very encouraging feedback on the 2nd draft (special thanks to gothangel ) I have decided to make the 3rd draft an improvement of the previous story, instead of the total rewrite I had in mind. I don't know how long this next draft will take me, as there are 100,000 words to go through and fix. When it's done I'll be asking for some test readers. In the meantime I'll probably be submitting fewer devs as, hopefully, I'll be writing instead of drawing.

I cooked a curry for dinner tonight, it was nice. Who wants some?
  • Reading: 'HP & The Philosopher's Stone' - JK Rowling
  • Watching: Band of Brothers

Oh frabjous day, calloo callay!

Thu Aug 19, 2004, 5:58 AM
I think that we all need to buy this shirt: www.megagear.com/megagear_site…

My tablet is here, yipee!!!!! What a wonderful little thing it is - I've been playing with it all evening, it even likes my dual-monitor display (I was worried that might be an issue). Expect to see some changes/improvements in my digital work from now on. :boogie:

I also finished reading Order of the Phoenix today. I won't rant about it here in much detail except to say that Thestrals are cool, Luna is awesome and I love the way that the story is maturing along with the characters. Bring on the 6th book! :D

  • Listening to: Master & Commander (soundtrack)
  • Reading: 'HP & The Order of the Phoenix' - JK Rowling

He's not... quite.... dead

Sun Aug 15, 2004, 7:26 PM
I think that we all need to buy this shirt: www.megagear.com/megagear_site…

I'm slightly lonely and a little bit depressed at the moment. Just a little. I keep telling myself that I'm quite happy being single, that it gives me all kinds of extra freedom that couples don't have. I think I'm wrong, but it takes too much effort to argue the point. Suffice to say there are times, like tonight, when having a lot of 'good friends' simply isn't enough.

It will pass.

But to make life more frustrating, I have this terrible itch which has been troubling me for well over a month now! Hives. I just keep on getting these really itchy spots on my body, moving around randomly from one day to the next. Some days its fairly mild, other days it is so bad that I scratch until I bleed. I think that it is probably an allergic reaction to something... but what?!? I'm worried that tomatoes may be the cuplrit because I'm seeing a pattern. That would be annoying because, although I hate raw tomatoes, many of my favourite foods use tomatoes as a key ingrediant - I particularly enjoy Italian food, plus some of my favourite Indian curries are tomato based. If I have to stop eating them, then half of my regular diet will be gone in a flash :(

I wait anxiously for my new tablet to arrive. They said 'Mid-August' and it is now 'Mid-August' so if it takes much longer there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth. I need to play!!!

I finally finished reading 'White Wolf' yesterday. For some reason I just did very little reading this past month, and moved though that book at a snail's pace. Now I can finally move onto the 5th Harry Potter book, since it is in paperback at last. I'm enjoying it so far, Rowling has such a charming writing style.

Everyone who gets annoyed/frustrated by Olympic hype, please raise your hand!

  • Reading: 'HP & The Order of the Phoenix' - JK Rowling
  • Watching: A Bug's Life